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[lim-uh-nl, lahy-muh-] /ˈlɪm ə nl, ˈlaɪ mə-/
adjective, Psychology
of, relating to, or situated at the limen.
Origin of liminal
1880-85; < Latin līmin- (stem of līmen) threshold + -al1 Unabridged
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  • It's in these liminal spaces that the poet finds himself.
  • liminal moments are times of tension, extreme reactions, and great opportunity.
  • And it is a liminal zone, a place where one life form begins to be alchemized into another.
British Dictionary definitions for liminal


(psychol) relating to the point (or threshold) beyond which a sensation becomes too faint to be experienced
Word Origin
C19: from Latin līmen threshold
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Word Origin and History for liminal

1884, from Latin limen "threshold, cross-piece, sill" (see limit (n.)) + -al (1). Related: Liminality.

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liminal in Medicine

liminal lim·i·nal (lĭm'ə-nəl)
Relating to a threshold.

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